Committee reviews recreation center plans

They didn’t have a quorum during Tuesday’s meeting.

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So, ultimately, the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission’s Multipurpose Building Steering Committee couldn’t take any votes nor make any final recommendations.

But they generally agreed with a consultant’s recommendation that designing the proposed center — and choosing where it would be placed — are the next steps toward bringing a new recreation center to the Capital City.

Ballard*King and Associates, the Denver-based consulting firm that specializes in recreation centers and facilities, told city officials in a 135-page report the next step would be to hire an architect to verify the needed square footage, to ascertain the capital cost outlay (and) total project cost, and to help determine a building site and “schematic design.”

But the recommendation wasn’t a wide-open, go-for-it suggestion.

“It is also the opinion of Ballard*King & Associates that the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department enter into the future phase of this project very cautiously,” the consultants wrote in their report’s executive summary.

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